Ranke complex (tuberculosis)

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Ranke complex is seen in 'healed' primary pulmonary tuberculosis and is a later manifestation of the Ghon complex. It consists of two components:

  • a Ghon lesion that has undergone calcification
  • an ipsilateral calcified mediastinal node

History and etymology

Karl Ernest Ranke (1870-1926) was a German physician who developed the (now outdated) hypothesis on the pathology of pulmonary tuberculosis, which became known as "Ranke's stages of tuberculosis" 2.

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Article information

rID: 8645
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Tag: tb
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ranke's complex

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    Case 1: Ranke complex
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    Case 1: Ranke complex - HRCT
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